Brown family wants to appeal custody ruling
Lawyer offers services for freeDecember 24, 1996
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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- An attorney specializing in family law will help the parents of Nicole Brown Simpson appeal a judge's decision to grant custody of their grandchildren to O.J. Simpson.
Sydney, 11, and Justin, 8, had been living with their grandparents, Juditha and Lou Brown, since their father's arrest for the June 12, 1994, murders of Nicole and Ronald Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in 1995, but is defending himself in a civil suit filed by the victims' families.
The firm of Ronald E. Lais agreed to work on the appeal free of charge, after it was reported that the Browns had run out of money to pay existing legal fees. A hearing on the appeal is scheduled January 10.
Lais plans to argue that an Orange County Superior Court judge should have allowed evidence from Simpson's criminal trial to be considered in the custody dispute, law partner Natasha Roit said.Correspondent Jennifer Auther contributed to this report.
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